Expert Review Panel for “Sound Transit 3” plan to meet for first time

An independent Expert Review Panel, appointed to provide review of Sound Transit’s Phase 3 Planning for the Regional Transit Long Range Plan, will meet for the first time on May 4-5 in Seattle. The 10-member panel was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, the chairs of the state House and Senate transportation committees, Rep. Judy Clibborn and Sen. Curtis King, and Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, in accordance with state legislation (RCW 81.104.110).

The role of the panel is to pose and assess critical questions, help guide the preparation of the Sound Transit 3 Plan through the panel’s review of key methodologies and assumptions, and ensure the assumptions in the plan are appropriate and reasonable. The panel’s technical review of the Sound Transit 3 Plan is necessary to guarantee that Sound Transit’s Board can make appropriate decisions for Sound Transit 3 investments in the region’s high-capacity transportation system.

On Monday, May 4, the panel will spend from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Mayflower Park Hotel Plymouth Room, 405 Olive Way in Seattle, learning about Sound Transit, the agency’s planning requirements and its role in the regional transportation system. The afternoon will be spent touring Capitol Hill Station and conducting a field review of the east corridor (to Bellevue and Redmond).

On Tuesday, May 5, the panel will reconvene at the Mayflower Park Hotel for briefings and discussion on Sound Transit’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Statement for the Regional Transit Long-Range Plan; the High-Capacity Transit System Planning Studies and Sound Transit’s system planning efforts for 2015.

The 10 panel members were selected from across the country. Collectively their expertise spans key technical areas, including project cost estimating, capital finance plan review, ridership forecasting, modal analysis, legal and political architecture of Sound Transit’s legislative charter, environmental impact statement preparation, local design and constructability, and transit operations and maintenance.

For more information about the panel visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/partners/erp.